The UN General Assembly met to discuss global disaster risk reduction and its effects on obtaining the Millenium Development Goals. With this past year being one of the worst in history for natural disasters, many communities have lost schools, housing, and hospitals, bringing setbacks to the fulfillment of the Millenium Development Goals. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is promoting the adoption of the UN's global disaster risk reduction plan with a 10 point checklist to build these countries' resilience. It is believed that increasing resilience to natural disasters will actually have a compounding effect to sooner reaching the MDGs. In order to achieve this, officials emphasize creating strong parterships between governments, community organizations, private enterprises, and sponsors as being even more essential. This also emphasizes the powerful part UCP-SARnet can play in achieving this goal.
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